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Monday evening was a great success for the first PridePark.net meeting, the first one after an 18-month absence.

The evening kicked off at TC Harrison Ford’s stunning showroom with PridePark.net’s founder member, Yvonne Gorman from Essential Print Services, who welcomed guests and associates.

Mark Creed – TC Harrison Ford’s H&S Manager, made delegates aware of the on-site defibrillator and together with Liz Bennett – First Responder for East Midlands Ambulance Service they promoted a number of free workshops hosted at TC Harrison for Pride Park companies.

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Mark also introduced his associate, Sharon Duffy from KSD Fleet Management, who explained how eco-friendly driving will save money for drivers and companies.

Last but certainly not least, PCSO Jill Bagley from Derbyshire Constabulary introduced herself as the area’s point of contact. Jill brought along some security devices that were available free of charge for guests at the event, including an anti-snatch device for mobile phones, a pen to mark belongings and also a personal alarm keyring, which resembled a furry Russian hamster. Jill and her colleagues were also offering free bike marking to all Pride Park businesses.

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Questions were then invited from delegates, which included an introduction from Graham Hinds who runs a Chaplaincy service for Pride Park businesses and there was an exciting announcement from Julie Coulton from Derbyshire Constabulary about another ‘Exercise Merlin’ event taking place next year.

A number of positive comments have already been received about the event;

“From the event, I made a number of really useful contacts.”

“I really enjoyed meeting my neighbours.”

“It was very interesting and I hope there will be more to attend.”

Following the meeting, a number of people have expressed an interest to support PridePark.net and become sponsors so a new team will be announced soon. The new sponsors will be responsible for coordinating future events, promoting membership for this directory, which remains completely free of charge and also planning on how to raise our members’ profiles.

If you would like more information on how to become a member, a sponsor or if you have a general enquiry, simply call 01332 418377 or email info@pridepark.net

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Delegates are shown the public access defibrillator located outside TC Harrison Ford dealership and coincidentally, an ambulance speeds past in the background. Far left; Liz Bennett, First Responder for East Midlands Ambulance Service smiles for the camera.

Yvonne Gorman from Essential Print Services poses next to her new dream car

Yvonne Gorman from Essential Print Services and Founder Member of PridePark.net chooses her next car – do you think it suits her?

‘Bringing Businesses Together’ is aimed at Pride Park-based businesses.  This free event will inform decision makers and employees about the latest safety initiatives that are right on their doorstep.

The main objective however, is for delegates to get to know their neighbours – so bring plenty of business cards with you.

The event is taking place on Monday 8th August, 5.30pm-7.00pm.

The event will also raise local awareness on the availability of T. C. Harrison Ford’s public access defibrillator and monthly CPR workshops.

Free food and refreshments will be available. TC Harrison have kindly offered to host the event for free but parking will be limited, so we are encouraging visitors to walk or cycle to the venue.

Derbyshire Constabulary are also offering free bike marking throughout the event – simply bring along your bicycle and talk to one of the police officers & PCSOs on site.

To book tickets, visit our Eventbrite page.

If you have any queries or special requirements, please contact us.

This event is a collaboration between PridePark.net founding member; Essential Print Services, fellow member TC Harrison Ford and also supporter, Derbyshire Constabulary.

Local charity, The Maria Hanson Foundation (formerly Me&Dee), has chosen the iconic iPro Stadium on Pride Park to host it’s 10th Anniversary Corporate Ball – the first of it’s kind for the organisation.

The event, which will be held on Saturday 2nd July, has one aim; to raise vitally needed funds that will allow the charity to continue to operate.

The evening kicks off at 7pm and includes top acts such as Eden Duo, Mitch Corner & Touch FM’s Mark O’ Sullivan will be entertaining guests throughout the evening. BBC Auctioneer, Caroline Hawley will also be hosting the event’s auction lots.

A treat is in store for racing fans; The Sam Randon racing team will be available to meet patrons throughout the night with the opportunity to meet the man himself – Sam will be in attendance to have photographs upon arrival with his race vehicle in front of the football ground.

It’s set to be a night of world class entertainment as well as the chance to raise money for a local Derby charity.

The charity was formed to create special moments & memories for both children and adults when time is precious. The Maria Hanson Foundation offers seaside breaks at no cost to the families. The holiday accommodation caters for individual needs and requirements against the many life threatening and shortening conditions.

Booking is essential by emailing events@mariahansonfoundation.org.uk or call 01332 297011.

Tickets include drinks reception, 3 course meal with some special surprises throughout the night. Prices start at £55 per person with tables of 10 available at £500.  Couples and small groups very welcome.

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Small but most definitely mighty

Saturday 5th December saw an army of Small Business Supporters from across Derby and Derbyshire attend the eagerly anticipated ‘Small Business Saturday’ celebration hosted at the Council House in Derby. Adam Buss, C.E.O of Quad, was the host for the event and was joined by Dame Margaret Beckett MP and Councillor Martin Rawson, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council for keynote speeches.

Showcasing their products and services to the people of the county, the small businesses took centre stage to highlight the valued contribution that they each make to the local economy and indeed the UK High Street as a whole.

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The initiative spread across the length and breadth of the Country with an estimated 5 million business taking part. City Centres all over the UK were taken over by independently owned enterprises in a show of strength and solidarity, encouraging shoppers to keep it local when considering or making their purchases.

Heading up proceedings in Derby was local small business owner, entrepreneur and Print Evangelist Yvonne Gorman from Essential Print Services based on Pride Park. Yvonne, who was only one of twenty Small Business Saturday Champions tasked with spreading the word across the country, was overwhelmed by the response of everyone involved and had the following to say: “I was thrilled with the support in the run up to the event and the response on the day was overwhelmingly positive. I sincerely hope that all those who attended and exhibited will think differently about small businesses and continue to support them, not just the Christmas, but all year round.”

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Derby City Council offered free parking to anyone visiting the City Centre, both on street and in all council run car parks as a gesture of support for local businesses. Councillor Rawson said: “Derby City Council are proud of the valuable contribution that small businesses make to our local economy and the offer of free parking was a show of support to local retailers as part of the Small Business Saturday celebration. The event was a great success that the Council were proud to host at the Council House.

Kicking off bright and early, the day saw a jam packed agenda of talks and workshops for all attendees, giving them valuable insights into how to make their business stand out from the crowd but above all, how to be successful in today’s testing trading conditions.

The panel included Farrah Allarakha, owner of Neo Elegance, one of the national top 100 companies for Small Business Saturday 2015 commented “The turnout for the event was brilliant and everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed it! I hope we can continue the support for small businesses around Derby throughout next year too and I hope we’ve inspired people to start and grow their businesses.”

Official statistics show that in the 24 hours following the event, an estimated £623 million was spent with small businesses across the UK! This number is a whopping increase of approximately £119 million on last years total and an increase in spending of 24%!

Small Business Saturday also reportedly sent Social Media channels into overdrive with over a 100,000 tweets published on the day itself with a combined reach of more than 25 million people.

Almost half (48%) of consumers who were aware of the day and who shopped in a small business on 5 December, said they spent more than usual, with 34% saying they had spent at least a quarter (25%) more than they would usually on a typical Saturday.

With Christmas just a few days away, the initiative was well placed to ensure the success of its objective, in bringing local enterprise to the forefront of the minds of consumers in and around Derby and Derbyshire.

For more information on how to get involved with next year’s Small Business Saturday UK, contact Miss Gorman on 01332 418377.

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Pride-Park based Essential Print Services’ owner and print evangelist, Yvonne Gorman, recently spent the day in the capital to help launch this year’s “Small Business Saturday UK” Campaign.

As one of only twenty Entrepreneurs from around the UK chosen to be a Small Business Saturday UK Champion, Yvonne’s passion and dedication to all things print as well as her on-going support to small, local businesses, made her the ideal candidate for the role. She also claims the accolade of being one of the first ‘Top 100’ who visited Downing Street in 2013.

The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and the profiles of smaller businesses and the necessity of local support. The campaign also highlights the substantial contribution that these small businesses make to the UK economy as a whole.

Saturday 5th December sees the spotlight firmly placed on the small businesses of the UK. It is Yvonne’s mission to unite the small businesses of Derby and Derbyshire in a show of strength and solidarity, to demonstrate the diverse range of products and services available in and around the region and indeed the East Midlands. It’s also a chance for local people to show their support by visiting their local retailers and service providers.

“Small Business Saturday plays a valuable role in focussing the minds of consumers and fellow business owners on what small businesses can offer in terms of range of products and service” explains Yvonne. “Most people in this country either own a small business, work for a small business or know somebody who does so we are delighted to have been asked to champion the campaign”.

In 2014, the campaign saw in the region of 16.5 million people spending with smaller businesses in the UK on this one day alone, bringing in a staggering £504 million worth of revenue. This was a 20% increase on the estimated 2.7 million people who shopped locally previously in 2013.

In the run up to the main event there will be a series of free to attend workshops held up and down the country. Not to be outdone by the rest of the UK, Derby City Council will be hosting its very own free event on the day (Saturday 5th December), at the Council House, which will include workshops, an exhibition and talks.

To find out more about Derby’s plans for this year’s Small Business Saturday UK event, email info@essentialprinting.co.uk or join the Facebook Group

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Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has congratulated Derby businesswoman Yvonne Gorman on the continued expansion of her Pride Park-based print company.

Yvonne’s company was one of seven chosen to represent the nation’s small businesses at the launch of this year’s Small Business Saturday (SBS) where Chuka interviewed Yvonne in front of an invited audience of business organisation leaders and senior figures from the public and private sector.

SBS is a day when everyone is encouraged to support their local, independent businesses. The idea began in America four years ago and has received cross-party support since a UK version was introduced last year.

Chuka congratulated Yvonne on the continued growth of her company, formed in 2011, which recently added a fourth member of staff, and asked her how taking part in the first SBS had benefited her business.

Yvonne said: “There was a huge benefit in the PR opportunities that came our way – and it has raised our profile with increased requests for me to speak at business groups. We also used it as another opportunity to stay in contact with our clients and prospects with a front page article about our involvement in our own Essential News newsletter that is distributed around Derby.”
Essential Print Services was one of 100 businesses featured on the SBS Facebook Page and then invited to attend a reception in Downing Street on the eve of Small Business Saturday, 2013, where Yvonne met Chuka, Chancellor George Osborne and Enterprise and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.

Yvonne told Chuka: “We will definitely be taking part again this year and I encourage all Derby Businesses and our neighbours on Pride Park to do so too. We’ll also be offering discounts for orders received on the day as well as to other SBS participants to help them with pre-event promotion.”

Chuka said: “When I first called for a British version of Small Business Saturday in January last year I couldn’t have envisaged the sheer scale of what we achieved. Small Business Saturday was the biggest celebration of small business this country has seen, with hundreds of fantastic events taking place across Britain and the birth of a new grassroots movement. I’m hugely looking forward to this year’s event, which promises to be even bigger and better.”

It is estimated that more than £460 million was spent with small businesses on SBS 2013, and Chuka says he expects to see that figure doubled this year when Small Business Saturday takes place on December 6. Details of how to get involved are available at www.smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

Yvonne said: “I’d highly recommend taking part this year to any small business owner. The team behind SBS have been so supportive and with their help we’ve been able to reach both a regional and a national audience.”

Yvonne, who runs Essential Print Services on Pride Park, is one of only seven businesses hand-picked from across the UK to attend the event in the British Library and have a stand showcasing her business to a host of national figures from the world of politics, business and industry.

This year SBS falls on Saturday, December 6. It’s a day when everyone is encouraged to make a special effort to shop local and support small businesses in their communities. The idea began in America four years ago and has received cross-party support. It is part of a year-round grassroots campaign that casts a spotlight on small businesses and the vital role they play in our economy.

Yvonne said: “Getting involved in last year’s SBS was wonderful for me and my business. After signing up to support the campaign online, Essential Print Services was featured in the SBS Top 100 – a countdown of firms, featured one a day, on the SBS Facebook Page. It really helped to raise our profile locally, regionally and nationally.”

As one of the SBS Top 100, Yvonne was invited to a reception at Downing Street where she met Chancellor George Osborne (pictured below); Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna (pictured below) and Enterprise and Skills Minister Matthew Hancock.

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Essential Print Services Flying High and celebrates 35% annual growth and third anniversary

Pride Park-based Essential Print Services, brainchild of ‘Print Evangelist’ Yvonne Gorman, is celebrating three years in business this month following a third consecutive year of growth. Celebrating by 35 balloons, one to represent each percent of growth in the last 12 months, Yvonne has had a busy year. Yvonne says:

“In recent months, I represented Derby’s SME business community at No 10, my business has grown by 35%, we’ve moved into larger offices and I’ve been honoured to be invited to participate in prestigious events, like being a part of Marketing Derby’s panel at its recent annual event.

“The Essential Team’s hard work is really paying off. People keep telling me that print is dead, but I’ve seen no evidence of this – we just keep continuing to grow and I can’t see it stopping anytime soon. We’re recruiting for another ‘Print Angel’ at the moment our projections show that Essential Print Services will grow by third again in the coming year.

“To celebrate our exceptional growth over the last 12 months we have decided to have a little bit of fun. We have installed a balloon arch outside our offices in Pride Park so that people can’t miss the fact we’re celebrating when they drive by.”

Notable in the East Midlands for her panel appearances at several high profile events as well as her media presence, Yvonne’s ethos isn’t just about putting pounds in her company’s pockets. Yvonne is also a key driving force for a number of not-for-profit business groups in Derbyshire including Derby Hub and the Hallmark Group, and is an ardent supporter (both financially and in-kind time) of the national charity Me & Dee which supports children and adults with life-limiting illness.

Yvonne notes: “I feel both privileged and proud to have created a sustainable business that not only employs local people but that supports many Derbyshire firms, as well as my local community. Quite honestly I’m surprised that three years has passed already and I’m looking forward to the challenges the next three will bring!

“I’m also thrilled to be able to prove that, despite setting up in the middle of a recession and with the strong digital competition that the print industry now faces, printers can thrive and that Essential Print Services is one of them.”

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Owner of Pride Park Printing Company; Essential Print Services heads to Downing Street.

 

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Derby print business boss heads to Downing Street

Pride Park business owner Yvonne Gorman will be flying the flag for the city at 10 Downing Street on the eve of the UK’s first-ever Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday (SBS), on December 7, has been chosen as a day to champion, celebrate and support the UK’s 4.8 million small businesses, which employ 14.1 million people and turn over £1,600 billion. The idea began in America three years ago to help small firms survive competition from bigger rivals and has cross-party support.

Yvonne, who runs Essential Print Services on Pride Park, was invited to the Downing Street reception after she featured in the SBS Top 100 – a countdown of 100 firms, featured one a day, on the SBS Facebook Page.

Yvonne said: “I am thrilled to be going to Downing Street and representing all Derbyshire’s fantastic small businesses. I’m hoping to get chance to share all the great things about Derby: its central location, its skilled workforce, its quality of life and its ambitions.

She added: “Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity for companies to promote themselves. Small businesses are crucial to Britain’s economic recovery and it’s great that this is being recognised and celebrated by the Government and all political parties.”

The organisers of SBS felt that Yvonne was a shining example of a UK small business, having struck out on her own in 2011. Yvonne has more than 14 years of experience within the print, promotional and exhibition industry. Her team works with companies across the UK providing quality, cost-effective promotional materials.

Championing Derby and its small businesses is important to Yvonne. She is a Marketing Derby Bondholder and was one of the driving forces behind pridepark.net – an